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​The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) will be convening the "Leveraging Health IT to Address Health Disparities: A Leadership Conference" on Tuesday, March 6th – Wednesday, March 7th at HX360 Executive Engagement held in conjunction with HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, NV.  

This is an exclusive engagement program for health executives to interact with innovators and world-class thought leadership to facilitate the development of actionable solutions to enhance the value and benefit to minority and underserved populations, and to reduce health disparities. 

Technology-mediated health care incorporates a broad range of tools, platforms and interventions to benefit clinical and community health, including electronic medical records (EMRs), clinical decision support (CDS) systems, telemedicine platforms, e-prescribing, artificial intelligence, data analytics and tools for personal digital health. Health Information Technology (HIT) can be used to help improve patient outcomes, bolster quality of life for patients and their caregivers, offer a return on investment to participating healthcare systems, and amplify clinicians’ ability to support their patients in spite of geographic or temporal obstacles. For instance, HIT can be leveraged to enhance emergency medical response and technology-enabled care coordination following natural disasters, making healthcare more accessible to vulnerable populations at a time when it is most critical. Other HIT solutions can be used to identify at-risk patients for chronic diseases, such as cancer, and can be used to track the provision of evidence-based care.

Residents of rural and minority communities, veterans, and other underserved groups face particular challenges related to the access and use of HIT. These include economic barriers, geographic barriers, and cultural and linguistic challenges to receiving high-quality health care. Consequently, the engagement of underserved populations in the design, development and use of clinical and consumer-facing HIT can not only help advance effective healthcare intervention, but can also provide a means to sustain health equity and economic viability, impacting underserved populations across four key pillars:  innovation, workforce, research, and policy.

The NHIT Leadership Conference is aimed at devising actionable solutions in these four focus areas to enable the effective design and utilization of HIT to improve access, quality, and cost of healthcare services to reduce health disparities. Despite considerable benefits, HIT will not effectively reduce health disparities if it remains out of the hands of safety net providers and the vulnerable patient populations they serve.

  • Explore and envision the power of HIT to achieve health equity and build thriving communities through collaboration with health executives and thought leaders
  • Promote a comprehensive agenda to drive optimal engagement of all stakeholders
  • Stimulate engagement of a broad range of stakeholders working together to advance HIT for Underserved Communities.


  • Gather thinking from a broad range of stakeholders to promote meaningful engagement with underserved populations, and advance understanding of their unique needs and perspectives in the design, development, and use of HIT
  • Examine and advance strategies for how emerging HIT tools, platforms and technologies can be best leveraged, developed, implemented and scaled to address the needs of underserved populations
  • Widen appreciation of the unique challenges and success factors of advancing a responsive and inclusive HIT workforce, evolving basic and translational science on the reduction of health disparities, and of developing policies which protect the interests of at-risk communities to help them benefit from HIT  
  • Identify actionable solutions and strategies to ensure current and future investments in HIT deliver maximum value to underserved populations and maximum impact on the reduction of health disparities
  • Commit to an action plan in service to underserved patient populations


  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Center for Care Innovations
  • Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

Meeting:          NHIT Leadership Conference: Leveraging Health IT to Address Health Disparities
Date:                 Tuesday, March 6th – Wednesday, March 7th 2018
Time:                8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6th 

                            8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7th
Location:        Wynn Las Vegas